Our Topic for Term 5 is Our Community :)
Communication and Interaction:
Our community for the children in Bluebird class is about those people who are very important in their lives and the places the children frequently visit.
At home you could practice using symbols, words or signs to name important people in your child's life. This could be using the people themselves, photos or videos. For those children using speech you can work with your child to name the person they are asking a question to e.g. 'Mummy I want milk' and for those children communicating through PECS the same applies just with the symbol use. I have attached some useful symbols below for you to add to your child's PECS book or to match to the photos whilst you explore with your child. Please let me know if you need any different ones.
Cognition and Learning:
Our Sensory Story this term is 'The Three Little Pigs' and we will be exploring how to build their houses out of straw, sticks and lego bricks.
This is something you can also do at home. You could read the story to your child, model and encourage your child to help you build the houses and then try and blow them down with a fan or hairdryer building anticipation of 'I huff and I puff and I...' pausing to see what reaction your child will give or even if they can finish the sentence with words or actions.
Physical and Sensory:
This term we will be focussing on transferring hygiene skills we have learnt in class to off site learning. This could be hand washing, going to the toilet, doing up fastenings etc.. As things reopen in our communities it is a good time to practice independence away from home. We are all guilty of doing things for the children as sometimes it is quicker but perhaps you could plan one element of a day out (e.g. washing hands) that you could give some time to encouraging your child to do independently.
Social, emotional and mental health:
Life has been very strange for everybody over the last year and it may be difficult for the children to readjust to being able to access the community again. It could cause some anxiety, over excitement and tiredness in the children. At home you could plan down times into the day to practice quiet reflection for the children. This could be 10 minutes of blowing bubbles, listening to calming music, watching a favourite TV show, family rules of no noise for 15 minutes...whatever works for you and your family to take a moment to decompress from earlier activities.